Pancreas

The pancreas is the gland located in the upper abdomen that produces enzymes that help digest food. The digestive enzymes are then released into the intestines. The pancreas also releases insulin into the bloodstream. Insulin helps the body use sugars for energy.

What happens during the exam?
The patient lies on a table with the abdominal area exposed. The sonographer (technologist who performs the exam) will put a warm water-based gel on the skin surface. The gel helps to transmit the sound waves by excluding air. An instrument called a transducer, which is about the size of a microphone, will be moved over the skin surface by the sonographer.

How do I prepare for this test?
Please do not eat solid foods or drink anything but water or apple juice for six to eight hours before the exam. Routine medications may be taken. If you are diabetic consult with your doctor.

How long will it take?
About twenty minutes.

Will it hurt?
No.

How will I learn the results?
You may call your doctor to discuss the results.